Floods in North Korea kill 88 people and leave thousands homeless. According to Agence France-Presse, North Korea's official news agency said that a week of floods caused by a typhoon and a downpour of rain claimed huge human and material losses. The new death toll of 88 was a dramatic increase from the figure of eight reported earlier. A total of 134 people were injured and almost 63,000 people were left homeless by the floods, which started on July 18. Thousands of homes have also been damaged or destroyed.
Iran boosts retaliation capabilities in the Persian Gulf. According to The Washington Post, Iran is rapidly gaining new capabilities to strike at U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, amassing an arsenal of sophisticated anti-ship missiles while expanding its fleet of fast-attack boats and submarines. The new systems, many of them developed with foreign assistance, are giving Iran's commanders new confidence that they could quickly damage or destroy U.S. ships if hostilities erupt.
The area of the United States under extreme drought increases to 20 percent. According to CNN, areas of the contiguous United States under extreme or exceptional drought conditions increased by an area roughly the size of Texas -- from 13.5 percent of the land to 20.5 percent -- in the past seven days. The National Drought Mitigation Center said that "It's getting to the point where some of the agricultural damage is not reversible."
The Bible says in Matthew 24:21: "Then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."
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